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Phoebe Bridgers, Jenny Lewis, Karen Elson, Liz Phair share Ryan Adams statements

Phoebe Bridgers at Brooklyn Steel
Phoebe Bridgers at Brooklyn Steel in 2018 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Phoebe Bridgers has released a statement after being among several women who accused Ryan Adams of abuse and sexual misconduct in a New York Times report. “It’s been a weird week,” she writes, “and I wanted to say a couple of things. Thank you from my whole fucking heart to my friends, my bands, my mom. They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was fucked up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them.”

“Ryan had a network too,” Phoebe continued. “Friends, bands, people he worked with. None of them held him accountable. They told him, by what they said or by what they didn’t, that what he was doing was okay. They validated him. He couldn’t have done this without them. Guys, if your friend is acting fucked up, call them out. If they’re actually your friend, they’ll listen. That’s the way this all gets better.”

Mandy Moore, Adams’ ex-wife who was also among his accusers, shared Phoebe’s statement with the addition, “Facts. Thank you, @phoebe_bridgers. ❤️ you.”

Singer and model Karen Elson came forward to say that she, too, had a “traumatizing experience with Ryan Adams.” In an Instagram post that’s since been deleted, but was posted on Billboard, she wrote, “while I’m not quite brave enough yet to speak about my specifics. I’m encouraged that many women have bonded and helped each other heal. This is the power of sisterhood and I’m very grateful for these women. I hope all those speaking out are given the grace and dignity they deserve. The trauma that lingers is often a very powerful silencer of women as is the business that enables these men to thrive without ever facing consequences. #metoo #timesup.”

Meanwhile, when asked if she would weigh in on the Adams allegations via Twitter, Liz Phair responded, “if I do, I’ll write about it. But I think you can extrapolate. My experience was nowhere near as personally involving, but yes the record ended and the similarities are upsetting.”

Jenny Lewis, who worked with Adams on her upcoming album On the Line, also shared a statement about him. “I am deeply troubled by Ryan Adams’ alleged behavior,” she writes. “Although he and I had a working professional relationship, I stand in solidarity with the women who have come forward.”

Adams’ album Big Colors is on hold following the allegations, and the F.B.I. has opened an inquiry into the nature of his communications with one of his accusers, who was underage at the time. Adams has denied the allegations.

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